Mandatory “Volunteerism” OF ALL now appears in HR Bill 1444

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I wrote the other day about the volunteerism bills that have now both passed in Congress — the GIVE Act in the House and SERVE Act in the Senate.

Well, the “mandatory” part actually was struck from the House bill but has now appeared in new House Bill HR 1444….and this bill appears even more sinister to me if the Commission formed in the bill finds it necessary that we should ALL be forced to volunteer as the government says we should!

Read some of the bill titled Congressional Commission on Civic Service Act.  Emphasis all mine:


…..There is established in the legislative branch a commission to be known as the `Congressional Commission on Civic Service’


 (a) General Purpose- The purpose of the Commission is to gather and analyze information in order to make recommendations to Congress to–
(1) improve the ability of individuals in the United States to serve others and, by doing so, to enhance our Nation and the global community;

(2) train leaders in public service organizations to better utilize individuals committed to national service and volunteerism as they manage human and fiscal resources;

(3) identify and offer solutions to the barriers that make it difficult for some individuals in the United States to volunteer or perform national service; and

(4) build on the foundation of service and volunteer opportunities that are currently available.

(b) Specific Topics- In carrying out its general purpose under subsection (a), the Commission shall address and analyze the following specific topics:

(1) The level of understanding about the current Federal, State, and local volunteer programs and opportunities for service among individuals in the United States.

(2) The issues that deter volunteerism and national service, particularly among young people, and how the identified issues can be overcome.

(3) Whether there is an appropriate role for Federal, State, and local governments in overcoming the issues that deter volunteerism and national service and, if appropriate, how to expand the relationships and partnerships between different levels of government in promoting volunteerism and national service.

(4) Whether existing databases are effective in matching community needs to would-be volunteers and service providers.

(5) The effect on the Nation, on those who serve, and on the families of those who serve, if all individuals in the United States were expected to perform national service or were required to perform a certain amount of national service.

(6) Whether a workable, fair, and reasonable MANDATORY service requirement for all able young people could be developed, and how such a requirement could be implemented in a manner that would strengthen the social fabric of the Nation and overcome civic challenges by bringing together people from diverse economic, ethnic, and educational backgrounds.

Section 4(b)6 IS THE SAME WORDING PULLED FROM House Bill HR1388 a few days ago.

The plan is here is to include EVERYONE to volunteer from the youngest to the oldest in America:

(7) The need for a public service academy, a 4-year institution that offers a federally funded undergraduate education with a focus on training future public sector leaders.

(8) The means to develop awareness of national service and volunteer opportunities at a young age by creating, expanding, and promoting service options for primary and secondary school students and by raising awareness of existing incentives.

(9) The effectiveness of establishing a training program on college campuses to recruit and educate college students for national service.

(10) The effect on United States diplomacy and foreign policy interests of expanding service opportunities abroad, such as the Peace Corps, and the degree of need and capacity abroad for an expansion.

(11) The constraints that service providers, nonprofit organizations, and State and local agencies face in utilizing federally funded volunteer programs, and how these constraints can be overcome.

(12) Whether current Federal volunteer programs are suited to address the special skills and needs of senior volunteers, and if not, how these programs can be improved such that the Federal government can effectively promote service among the `baby boomer’ generation.

So now the “volunteerism”  push by Obama will have a legislative commission designed to review whether this said “volunteerism” should be MANDATORY FOR ALL!

Remember what Obama said during the campaign:

“We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that is just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded.”

Comments on this from others:

From Fox News article:

“We contribute our time and money under no government coercion on a scale the rest of the world doesn’t emulate and probably can’t imagine,” said Luke Sheahan, contributing editor for the Family Security Foundation. “The idea that government should order its people to perform acts of charity is contrary to the idea of charity and it removes the responsibility for charity from the people to the government, destroying private initiative.”


“Senator Obama aims to tap into the already active volunteerism of millions of Americans and recruit them to become cogs in a gigantic government machine grinding out his social re-engineering agenda,” Lee Cary of the conservative American Thinker wrote at the time about Obama’s remarks.

“(His words) were about turning America into one, giant, community organizer’s sandbox at enormous cost to taxpayers,” Cary wrote.

More info and opinion here, here and here.


8 Responses

  1. If it’s voluntary, then how in the world can they make it mandatory? Talk about both sides of the coin, this idea is simply ridiculous. I have to give Obama credit here. He told us throughout the campaign exactly what he planned to do and he is doing exactly what he said he would do. I just hope we can regain control of Congress before he gets completely out of hand.

  2. Larry,
    I hope we regain Congress, too, but with the behavior of Republicans we’ve had the last several years, I am not convinced they will be much better.

    For example, our illustrious Republican Presidential Candidate, McCain, voted for this $6billion dollar “Volunteerism” SERVE act in Congress!

    I hope we do regain it, but everyday I begin to feel more and more like something bigger (and unlike anything we’ve ever seen) will have to happen from the grassroots before we can begin to reverse the damage.

  3. SRT,
    I hate to say it, but I have to agree with you about the behavior of the Republicans in Congress. They haven’t exactly been a shining light on a hill for their party. That’s one reason we lost in November, because of the candidate we nominated. Had we chosen a true conservative, we may have stood a chance.

  4. remember america, u voted this guy in!

  5. hello please visit or go to youtube and search the obama deception, there is something greater happening and it’s scary.

  6. A civil national security force? But civilians can’t have guns. So will we give the bad guys an evil death stare and try blowing their heads up with our brains? Or will we sing Kumbaya and try holding hands? I have to laugh at this.

    Mr. Lighter

  7. Mr. Lighter,

    What ya gonna do when they come for you!

  8. I suggest military service for all healthy persons similar to the Swiss or Isreali models. Everyone with firearms training would give the government some pause, I think.

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